How does Spectra XT work?

Spectra XT uses lasers to rejuvenate the skin and reduce pore size, reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars, and smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles. It uses a combination of high peak power and short pulse width to destroy pigment with minimal thermal damage. 

There are 3 different laser wavelengths :

  1. “Gold Toning” with 595 nm – treats erythema and acne.
  2. “RuVY Touch” with 660 nm (RuVY stands for “Ruby-like Versatile YAG”) – treats pigmentation while  minimising inflammation and side effects. 
  3. “Revital Treatment” with 1064 nm quasi-long pulse – rejuvenates and tightens the skin, reduces pores by promoting collagen remodelling.

What conditions can Spectra XT treat?


Spectra XT has a nano-second short pulse duration capable of strong fragmentation of melanin  and thus enhances clearance of pigments. With smaller pigments, you will need higher peak power which can be done with reduced pulse duration for a safer photo-mechanical effect.

After treatment, the body carries out a natural process called phagocytosis where the leftover debris is cleared from the treatment area. 

Some indications of Spectra XT include: 

  • Acne and acne marks
  • Removal of minor vascular lesions 
  • Facial flushing 
  • Erythema 
  • Melasma 
  • Freckles 
  • Pigmented lesions 
  • Skin rejuvenation 
  • Seborrhoea with enlarged facial pores 
  • Tattoo removal 
Source: https://www.lutronic.com.au/spectra-xt/

What are the benefits of Spectra XT?

Some benefits of Spectra XT include: 

  • Short treatment time of 20 minutes 
  • No downtime 
  • Long-term results 
  • One machine, 3 wavelengths 

What are the risks of Spectra XT?

Some side effects which are mild and self-limiting include: 

  • Redness 
  • Swelling 
  • Itching and/or dryness

Less common side effects include: 

  • Bruising 
  • Blistering 
  • Rebound pigmentation 

Spectra XT FAQ

Is the Spectra XT treatment safe?

Spectra XT is considered one of the best in the Q-switched category and has built up an established safety profile over the years. It is very gentle and non-ablative so it will not cause breaks in the skin. It is safe for all skin types. 

Who is a good candidate for Spectra XT?

A good candidate for Spectra XT is someone with pigmentation, acne, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. 

How long does one Spectra XT treatment take?

The duration of one Spectra XT session takes about 15 minutes. 

Is Spectra XT painful?

The rejuvenation treatment is almost pain-free. Numbing cream can be used for pigment removal to minimise discomfort. 

What is the downtime for Spectra XT?

There is no downtime with Spectra XT and you may resume normal activities immediately.  Some patients may experience mild redness that will go away after 4-6 hours. We recommend sun avoidance and extra skin hydration after the treatment. 

How many Spectra XT treatment sessions do I need?

Depending on the skin condition that you are treating, you may see improvements within the first few sessions. Results get better with subsequent treatments and they can be maintained with regular laser treatments without any long term side effects on your skin.